Josephine Butler to Mr William Clark of Street, Somerset

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Written from Station Hotel, Newcastle [on Tyne].

She is staying there incognito to finish some work before she goes to Ewart (her son's place at Wooler]. Very grateful for the cheque he sent her as it will enable her 'to start with courage and heart my little paper which I really believe will do good in rousing people [This was the 'Storm Bell' first number published Jan 1898] She is seeing no one there till Friday as she does not wish to seem to interfere with the BWTA [British Women's Temperance Association]. She feels deeply for the Spence Watsons 'the loss of the only son will be a terrible grief to them'.

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'... to start ... my little paper which I really believe will do good in rousing people'

This is a reference to the 'Storm-Bell' which JB was then preparing for publication - it came out Jan 1898.

'It is interesting to note how General Dashwood and Co with all their money and their aristocratic support and machinery never venture to call public meetings or start an appeal to the people'

The Shield of May 1897 (p 4) reports a meeting 19 Feb 1897 held in the Theatre of the Royal United Service Institution, Whitehall when Major Gen RL Dashwood delivered a lecture, designed to show how greatly venereal disease has increased in consequence of the suspension of the so-called 'protective measures'. His remedy was that 'India should be allowed a free hand' and 'the old regulations with other stronger ones added' should be against brought to bear.

A long discussion lasting more than 2 hours followed.

'Maurice Gregory has run Mr Harold Frederic to earth at last, and I am waiting to know the result of the 'interview''

The 'scurrilous cablegram' sent from London to the 'New York Times' was quoted in the 'Minutes of the LNA Executive Committee', 25 Nov 1897 (in the letter sunder that date) and is also printed in the Shield of Dec 1897 p 59 under the heading 'Notes from America'

'I am deeply sad for Mr and Mrs Spence Watson ... the loss of the only son will be a terrible grief to them'

See note letter of 26 Nov to the American ladies.

Biog: Mr W Clark (of Street), General Dashwood, Maurice Gregory, Mr Harold Frederic, Mr and Mrs Spence Watson